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The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season (1999)

Bruce Brown (III) , Karen Duffy , Michael Moore  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Brown (III), Karen Duffy, Gideon Evans, Ben Hamper, M.J. Karmi
  • Directors: Michael Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WGSB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Awful Truth - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • Never-before-seen outakes
  • Michael Moore biography

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From the acclaimed filmmaker who brought you Roger & Me comes the most daring documentary show to hit the American Public since Moore’s TV Nation: THE AWFUL TRUTH

Michael Moore, hailed by the New York Times as a modern-day Mark Twain, is at it again with the show that was shut down by the mayor of NYC, got Moore sued by a wealthy industrialist, and landed his Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken in Disney World’s very own jail.

Shot in his signature "guerilla video" style, each half hour episode is filled with scathingly funny observations that bridge comedy and controversy and places Moore in the middle of today’s hot topics.

DVD Features: Michael Moore Biography; "Moore Awful Truths"; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Satire at Its Best October 22, 2000
"The Awful Truth" is Michael Moore's unofficial follow-up to the groundbreaking "TV Nation" show that ran in 1995 and 1996. Available only on Bravo for Yankees and on Channel 4 in Merry Olde England, this DVD set will satisfy any fan wanting more of Moore.
This first season was 12-30 minute shows, with Michael taking on people like Humana Insurance, who "decided it was cheaper to kill people than to heal them," the Swiss Banks (he dressed a guy up as Hitler to withdraw the Nazi gold taken from the teeth of Jews), the "Teenaged Sniper School," where he teaches kids how to kill better in school-shooting situations, and more. A progressive television show is refreshing enough, but when you put a satirist like Moore at the controls, who knows what is going to happen - except that it is funny, depressing, maddening, and educational all at the same time.
His techniques are about as subtle as a brick through the window, but let's face it, Americans need more bricks, because there are too damn many "awful truths" out there right now. There are too many companies that think they can get away with murder, too many politicians that think they can play us like harps. Without people like Michael Moore and shows like "The Awful Truth," they just might get away clean.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the first season of "The Awful Truth" to anyone who wants to learn about what is really going on in the US today.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest thing I have seen in 20 years June 29, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I laughed so hard at "The Awful Truth" that I seriously thought I might hurt myself! It is THAT funny!
Descriptions of lying politicians being chased by Puritans screaming "Repent! Repent!" and a choir of Christmas carolers (who have lost their vocal cords due to cigarette smoking) serenading workers at tobacco company headquarters don't quite do this video justice. You have to see it to believe it. And then you will want to show it to EVERYONE you know.
The "Sodomobile" portion of this tape may well be the funniest and most wonderful thing ever put on film or videotape. Bravo to Michael Moore - if he never made another film in his life he would deserve Sainthood for this one. He is a comic genius with a heart and a clear head for political satire.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and truthful May 5, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I've been a Michael Moore fan for awhile now. I've watched The Big One and TV Nation repeatedly during times when corporate media begins to bore me and I need a dose of reality. As others have said, The Awful Truth is more of the same. Its definitely not for those who have a Disney-esque, G-Rated view of the world we live in. Honestly, though, I found The Awful Truth to be more difficult to watch than his earlier works. Moore is still sarcastic, funny and extremely unapologetic for revealing what he believes to be true. This is what I admire about him. Yet, there are many situations he addresses where even humor can't disguise the injustice and outright inhumanity our society is blind to. I was excited to see the scenes about the Christmas carolers who went to Phillip Morris and about the funeral rehearsal staged in front of an HMO after reading the editorial reviews listed on this site. I was in for a shock when instead of laughing as I usually do at Moore's antics, I was crying for its victims: the man who needed a pancreas transplant and his 4 year old daughter and cancer striken, voice box dependent carolers. I think the Awful Truth reveals a Moore who is angry and more biting than I've seen him before, but who wouldn't be when the truth is exposed? There are happy endings to these episodes...I can't wait to see what the next season holds in store.
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT NOW! Bravo, Bravo! January 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I don't get the Bravo network. I don't get cable TV. I own a VCR monitor connected to nothing, so in essence, I don't own a television. But Michael Moore is one of my heroes.
After a typical frazzling Friday of high-school English teaching, I arrived home to find the three-videocassette box of THE AWFUL TRUTH's first series finally had arrived. I binged, and I watched all five hours in a single sitting.
I loved every minute of the series. Moore speaks truth to power, and let's get off this left/right political stuff: there are people for the little guys and people for the giants (I call them "Goliathans"). Moore consistently is on the side of the little guy, of the downtrodden, of the oppressed. Ever hear of the fellow called Jesus? (Lived a few years ago.) He was pretty much in the same ballpark, and he liked to speak truth to power, too.
We all know what happens next: Jesus gets crucified, and the corporation co-opts the radicals.
Every generation has its Good Guy Little Guyists: you know, dudes like Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, folks like that.
Michael Moore is one of OUR generations Good Guy Little Guyists. Read the other reviews here for specifics; buy this set and laugh and cry and be empowered!
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Speech April 3, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Many thanks to the "reviewer" who, like all of the flag-waving, jingoistic fascists demands that we supress any dissent and has the audacity to decide what's "right" or "wrong" or "correct" expression. I count myself among those who love the America our founding fathers envisioned, not the America of McCarthy and Nixon. The McNixons want us all to shut up and tell us what to do, or say, or buy if we "love America". Well, I love America so much I'm buying Michael Moore's work; and I'm STAYING in America and fighting for America and it's flag, despite what the counter-revolutionary Stalinistas want - a silent, compliant, slave-state.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didgusting Pig
Just like any progressive he hates people. This is just more of the same bigotry he always spews. Don't bother.
Published 8 months ago by Karen Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars my brother
I am writing on behalf of my brother Christopher Donahue who was the subject of the funeral segment. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Kathleen Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Best of Michael Moore
The first season of The Awful Truth is Michael Moore at his best. He plays the everyman who goes out of his way to fight corruption and support "the little guy. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by Lynn Ellingwood
1.0 out of 5 stars No closed captioning
Michael Moore is a favorite of mine. Too bad Docurama couldn't be bothered with closed captioning the series, hence the ZERO vote. Read more
Published on December 3, 2008 by Jake O'Donnell
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Awful Truth" - List of all episode segments
There's no middle ground when it comes to liberal activist Michael Moore-- you either love or hate him. Read more
Published on August 23, 2008 by Annie Van Auken
4.0 out of 5 stars Satire for the bold and the brave
I had never heard of this series before and, being a fan of Michael Moore, I decided to buy this earlier this year. Read more
Published on December 14, 2007 by Herr Tarquin Biskuitfaß
2.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing
I had to stop watching this after episode 8 because I was overwhelmed with sympathetic embarrassment for Mr. Read more
Published on November 14, 2004 by Mr. D. J. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars A look into the underbelly of America
I caught a few episodes of The Awful Truth on the tele and must say it is a pretty mixed bag. I liked the episode on guns, where Moore went to the NRA with his new idea for a... Read more
Published on May 15, 2004 by James Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awful... but truthful too
Michael Moore is one of the few journalists out there who understands and acts on the need to present the story as it stands, regardless of the consquences. Read more
Published on January 5, 2004 by "kiwimuzo"
5.0 out of 5 stars deacon from minnesota
I would have to say that the recommendation or the lack thereof from the states of California and Ohio on March 26th. Read more
Published on April 27, 2003 by Robert C. Wagner
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